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Cherry Blossom Obsession

Social media is a blessing and a curse. Mid-March, photos of cherry blossoms were popping up on my Instagram feed. Location of blooms varied all over the northern hemisphere, including London, Portland (Or), Washington DC, Paris...EXCEPT New York City. Based on my research, when temperature is cold, cherry blossoms are shy and bloom late. March was a chiller month in New York, leaving trees bare and my heart empty. Winter blues were cured the second week of April, when I saw the first cherry blossom post on my Instagram news feed. That's when the obsession began.

First, the hunt lead me to Battery Park City. Right next to Brookfield, these cherry blossoms are at a prime location for families. They were planted along the grass in the shape of a circle, allowing space for family picnics and casual football:

Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017

My next cherry blossom quest lead me to Central Park, specifically Cherry Hill. It's called Cherry Hill for the beautiful cherry blossoms planted in the area. Cherry Hill is a beautiful spot, next to the bow bridge with the Langham apartments in the background. Let's say, Cherry Hill was a popular spot for selfies, casual passerby, tourists (who loved blocking my shot - mind you, I have a big DSLR camera that no one can miss), and giggly children with their parents.

Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017

I continued walking south Central Park until I reached the northeast corner of Sheep Meadow. It was hard to miss the two pink trees in a big green lawn. This view was my favorite because of the way the Hearst Tower was framed by the branches:

Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017

Unfortunately, the peak bloom did not last very long. My attempt to see cherry blossoms at Sakura Park was a failed mission. The vibrant pink colors as seen from Instagram tags faded into a green blurb by the time I reached.

Next year, I have a target mission to Washington DC for the famous cherry blossom bloom along the Tidal Basin. I'm a simple girl - give me some cherry blossoms in a silver platter and I will love you forever.

Snow Day in New York

Snow Day

While everyone was freaking out about the Blizzard of 2017, I was preparing to photograph the major snowstorm. I was inspired by photos from last year's blizzard that shut down NYC. This year, I braved the wet snow and snagged some shots in Chinatown early in the morning.

I will admit that I was not prepared this year.  My camera is not waterproof and I did not properly take care of it. My lens could fogged up and the condensation could caused permanent damage. Also, I was not wearing the proper clothing for being out in the wet snow for hours. These are lessons I've learn for next year!

Snow Day
Snow Day
Snow Day
Snow Day
Snow Day
Snow Day
Snow Day
Snow Day
Snow Day

The calm after the storm:

Snow Day
Snow Day

No Autumn is Complete...

...without a long stroll in Central Park. Recently, I was inspired by Traveling Lens, a NYC photographer known for vibrant NYC urban streets photos. Vivienne Gucwa is a story teller through her photos. She walks around NYC during extreme weather and captures striking photos. I was on a hunt. I wanted to go to Central Park when the trees were in maximum color. I kept watch on Instagram by searching #centralpark tag. When I reached Central Park a couple weeks back, I realized Instagram fooled me! Only half the trees were in full autumn. But that does not stop me! Here are some shots from that day:

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Cheers!